Kincardine goes on parade for gala day

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The secretary of Kincardine Children’s Gala Day has said a huge thank you to everyone involved in Saturday’s success story.

Craig Russell told the Herald a small committee managed to organise a really good day, while extended community involvement resulted in one of the best ever parades.

People turned out in their droves to watch the large procession at Kincardine Children's Gala Day

People turned out in their droves to watch the large procession at Kincardine Children's Gala Day

And he added that, despite a few showers, residents packed the streets and park to enjoy the procession, crowning and entertainment.

Mr Russell said: “It was a really good day. More groups and organisations came forward and we also had residents create mini floats for the procession.

“Our stalls were really busy and we pretty much sold out of everything.”

The queen, Carly Brand, and her herald, Aaron Stanfield, travelled to the crowning ceremony in a vintage, white soft top car, followed by the gracious lady, Margaret Cunningham, and the Rev. Alex Shuttleworth, who was happy to step in at the last minute as the escort.

The Boys’ Brigade band played in the procession, and Carnoustie Pipe Band also joined in.

Individuals also walked in the parade and, in a new addition to the line-up, Forth Bay Nursing Home decorated its mini bus and pushed residents in wheelchairs to join in.

Mr Russell added: “People were lining the streets and every corner I looked, it was mobbed.

“We’re now calling the gala day Kincardine’s major local event, because, apart from Christmas Eve, this is all we have.

“The crowning went very well and Carly was a very good queen.”

Entertainment at Burnside Park after the crowning included four dancing troupes, horse gymnastics and inflatables.